Cube Business Media Inc. is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content & create communities. We create physical hubs where likeminded individuals can gather, learn, and grow.
Eventually, every business will need to transition. The Business Transitions Forum provides business owners with tactical takeaways in order to help them with making smarter decisions in the short term while setting them up for a successful transition in the future.
KNOWSHOW is an engaging B2B marketplace where leading lifestyle fashion brands unveil their seasonal products to Canadian retailers. In its 16th year, KNOWSHOW connects hundreds of unique retailers with preeminent and emerging brands in a concentrated showcase of the latest trends, styles, and products.
SAAS NORTH is recognized as go-to hub in Canada for the fastest growing SaaS companies to learn, network, and grow. It gathers founders, executives, service providers, investors and their teams; facilitating networking, knowledge sharing and access to resources to scale-up!
Tech Talent North brings together people-focused tech leaders and experts in human capital and corporate culture to supercharge their talent engine! It provides Canadian tech leaders and their talent teams an opportunity to take a deeper look at the human capital challenges that matter most.
INNOVATEwest (IW) Conference & Exposition showcases the West’s hottest tech firms and leaders, both established and emerging. IW breaks down geographical and industry silos to cross-pollinate diverse attendee bases of investors and corporate decision-makers. Connect, learn, discover and grow with thoughtful networking and education that will help you unleash innovation.
Laura is a seasoned operations specialist with a passion for community building, supporting small business, and philanthropy. After spending 7 years in operations at a wealth management firm, she most recently spent 2 years as the Director of Operations at BetaKit. Currently, she is the executive director of Twelve Donations and as a vice-chair on the #Tech4SickKids committee and is freelancing within the tech community in a number of different roles. Laura is also an angel investor, mentor, and connector.
Nicole’s career in event planning kickstarted when she moved to Canada from Ecuador in 2015. Since then, she’s organized a wide range of events, from conferences and incentive trips for an MLM company to more niche events for Graduate Students at UBC.
In her spare time, Nicole loves playing golf as well as spending time with her husband and baby girl.
Joseph graduated with honours from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Management with a major in Accounting. Prior to joining the Cube, Joseph worked in public practice for 9 years as a manager. Joseph also has some exceptional life experience. He served in the Korean army for two years as an anti-tank missile specialist. Joseph enjoys coffee roasting, soccer, hiking, and cooking.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Jamieson is proud to call the city his home. His career in marketing has lead him through a variety of industries, including steel, automotive and tech amongst others.Jamieson has a strong track record of building successful marketing programs and strategies from the ground up. With a data-driven mindset, he focuses on creating a strong digital experience and brand presence to foster growth.You can find Jamieson skiing the slopes of Whistler in the winter, and biking laps around the seawall in the summer.
Ryan was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Shortly after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Design, Ryan kicked off his career by starting his own graphic design business. Pairing up with a local print shop, the next couple of years were spent providing dozens of businesses with branding and artwork for every kind print media. In 2004 he took over designing the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s quarterly publication, The ATA Magazine, with the largest circulation of any journal in the province.
At the end of 2005, Ryan packed up and headed west—relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia. Continuing to service his existing clientele back in Alberta, Ryan also began working as an in-house graphic/web designer for a local software company. During the half a dozen years there, Ryan expanded his skillset to include web development and social media education, helping to grow the company’s brand as they expanded into different verticals and launched a handful of new software products.
The last few years Ryan has refocused his efforts to solely growing his own business, now servicing a variety of clients in B.C. and Alberta with their graphic/web design/development needs. In the summer of 2016, Ryan joined Cube Business Media Inc. as their graphic/web designer. When not in front of a computer screen Ryan can be found trying to be as active as possible, either indoors at the gym or outside walking the seawall (on the dry days in Vancouver).
Erin recently joined the Cube Business Media team making the move from Manager of Operations with the Whistler Film Festival to Content and Program Director with INNOVATEwest.
Erin is a versatile and accomplished professional whose career spans multiple sectors including film, television and digital production, corporate communications, and event planning and management.
As an early adopter of technology she has produced 13 short films shot in virtual production, executive produced the first ever Bell funded TikTok, and successfully pitched on Dragons Den for a innovative campsite delivery service called Happy Camper Clubs.
She is excited to join INNOVATEwest in her role where she can use her passions, skills and abilities to connect, curate, celebrate and elevate people, companies, and projects to broader audiences.
In her spare time, she produces and writes short form television and digital content and provides communications support to the film, television and digital industry.
Stefan is a freelance writer for content marketing teams and a growth coach for freelancers. He has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, BetaKit, the Globe and Mail, and more. Follow him on Twitter @StefanPalios
Shauna graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. After graduating, Shauna began her career as a Marketing Assistant with a homecare software company. Since then, she has held various marketing and communications positions with tech companies where she produced a range of events including conferences, webinars, workshops, community events, and parties.
A desire to focus her energy on her passion, event planning, is what led Shauna to join the Cube Business Media team in May 2016. As the Communications Manager, Shauna is responsible for speaker, sponsor, and partner communications as well as operations and logistics support for all Cube events: SAAS NORTH, Business Transitions Forum, KNOWSHOW, and TechExit.io.
Shauna loves to travel! Most recently she volunteered with children in Cambodia, and travelled to Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Curaҫao.
When she’s not working hard putting together our next event, Shauna can be found doing yoga, exploring the outdoors, or planning her next trip around the world!
Erin has over 20 years of professional event management experience, and a passion for conferences and tradeshows. Her creativity, attention to detail and love of fast-paced project management lead her to a successful career as an event planner. Amongst other accolades, she was recognized on the BizBash Canada list of nationally recognized top event professionals in 2020 and was a top finalist for the best conference in Canada in 2019. In addition to a BA in communications and marketing from SFU, Erin has her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation is a Certified Event Designer (CED) and a certified life cycle celebrant and wedding officiant.
Erin lives, works and plays in North Vancouver. In her free time, she loves forest hikes with her dog Stanley, practicing yoga or planning the next travel adventure with her family.
Cameal has more than 20 years of senior event management experience in the association and non-profit sectors, developing programs and content for organizations such as Elevate Tech Festival, CPA Ontario and Deloitte. She has honed her technical expertise throughout her career and prides herself on planning and executing seamless events.
Cameal has earned the reputation of a high-performing Event Producer through her demonstrated ability to achieve targeted goals, meet budgets, and excel in challenging situations, while balancing an organization’s strategic priorities. She enjoys being a leader and mentor while creating a team focus that encourages others to reach their peak performance. She served on the Board of Directors of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) for 12 years and continues to engage in her community by organizing several charitable events.
Mark has been a leader in the conference and tradeshow business for over 25 years with a proven track record for success. As a proud contributor to the industry, he has overseen 12+ conference brands across Canada and the US serving both trade and consumer audiences. Industry agnostic, Mark has produced events in design, construction, fashion, technology, business, and real estate. Managing teams of up to 20, Mark has a keen eye for cultivating talent and helping his team grow professionally.
Born and raised in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Mark was naturally drawn to the spirit of entrepreneurism at a young age. He developed his interest in real estate development and design through a successful publishing career which led to a flourishing event production career.
In 2007, Mark and his partners sold their business to a public U.S. company and in 2012 the Canadian portfolio was sold to Informa, the largest publicly-traded event company in the world. With major conference brands like Buildex, IDSwest, The Real Estate Forums and Cargo Logistics, to name a few, Mark was well established to take the next step in his distinguished career.
In August of 2015, Mark launched Cube Business Media Inc. with long-time friend and colleague David Tyldesley. Together they co-founded The Business Transitions Forum, Canada’s first large-scale exit-strategy event for business owners, and launched the first BTF conference in November 2015. Early in 2016, David and Mark acquired KNOWSHOW Enterprises Inc., Canada’s Premier Fashion and Lifestyle Tradeshows and later in 2016, David and Mark Co-Founded SAAS NORTH, Canada’s largest SaaS Conference.
Mark is a true strategist, understanding the nuances of consumer behavior, he guides his team to produce exceptional content and sales excellence. A creative thinker and lifelong entrepreneur, Mark is passionate about finding innovative solutions to new challenges.
A family man, Mark is a proud hockey dad, both ice hockey and field hockey. In his downtime, Mark can be found travelling with his wife, and two children whether it’s exploring Europe or enjoying the beaches of Hawaii.
Heather is an experienced events industry professional with a strong commitment to creativity, attention to detail, and client satisfaction. She discovered her passion for event planning while studying at the BCIT School of Business and has since excelled in various roles, including weddings, décor, corporate, and private event planning, before transitioning into conference management. Heather thrives in dynamic work environments, consistently delivering exceptional results.
In her spare time, she enjoys hot yoga, hiking the North Shore mountains, experimenting with new recipes, reading, exploring Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene, and occasionally indulging in reality TV.
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He now works on his own as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training. In 2021, he was named on the global Top 10 Business Journalists list by PR News – the only Canadian to make the list.
David was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has lived and worked in Vancouver and Melbourne, Australia. In the late 1990’s, after completing business school, David’s natural problem-solving tendencies and his eye for detail led him to a role managing expositions and conferences.
In his position as Show Director of Buildex Vancouver, David played a crucial role in fostering significant and sustained commercial growth. Buildex became one of North America’s largest regional construction expositions with exhibit sales and attendance increases of nearly 300% during his tenure.
David’s portfolio also includes a ground-up conceptualization, development and launch of Canada’s largest supply chain event, Cargo Logistics Canada (CLC), which he founded and conceived “from a blank sheet of paper.” The launch of this event garnered David an Innovation Award from the parent company Informa, the world’s largest publicly-traded event company. While launching and managing CLC, David simultaneously oversaw one of North America’s largest Interior Design tradeshows, which attracted 30,000 consumers annually and led to a second Marketing Innovation Award from its parent company.
David lives and works in North Vancouver when he is not riding a motorcycle in Laos, Iceland or the Alps or circumnavigating the Australian outback with his wife and young daughters.
As someone who loves numbers, Michelle’s career started off in finance, completing her CPA designation, as well as a BBA in Marketing, while gaining a wealth of tradeshow and conference knowledge as part of the finance team at Informa – the largest publicly-trade event company in the world. As someone who has loved creating experiences for others from a young age, it was a perfect fit. After all, in her personal life, she was well-known for the being the one throwing theme parties, game show nights, and scavenger hunts.
With over ten years of financial experience under her belt and a love for event production, Michelle joined Cube Business Media in 2016 in an operational role – the perfect combination of both worlds. With her strong intrapreneurial skills, as the VP, Operations, she oversees Cube’s corporate and show operations – ensuring everything runs smoothly day-to-day and on-site at events.
Having lived in Vancouver for over 35 years, she wouldn’t consider any other place her home. Michelle gets the most excited planning her next vacation with her husband and two children and has big dreams of winning The Amazing Race one day!
This charitable initiative is an important one for Cube. Our good friend Greg Smith – a Canadian entrepreneur and SaaS investor who was the spark that ignited the SAAS NORTH flame – lost his battle with ALS in October 2021. The ALS Society of Canada works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS.
The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation ensures its patients get better access to ground breaking facilities, the latest equipment, and updated infrastructure. While Cube produces events across Canada, we are a company based on the North Shore in Vancouver, and it’s important to us to remember our roots and support our local community. Keeping in good health affects everyone, and we want to ensure the best care possible is available for those in need.
Cube Business Media Inc., is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content and create communities. We create physical hubs where likeminded individuals can gather face-to-face, en masse. Cube owns and operates 10 event programs across Canada, including SAAS NORTH, TechExit, the Business Transitions Forum, KNOWSHOW/KNOWHOW and is self-funded. Our objective is to bring buyers and sellers together, strengthen business ecosystems and create marketplaces where entrepreneurs thrive.
You will join the on-site operations team that executes Cube Business Media’s tradeshows and conferences in a role that provides hands-on event management experience. You will work closely with key managers on our operational team and have the opportunity to meet and network with industry experts.
This is an on-call, volunteer position and we are looking for people with a can-do attitude and friendly face, willing to jump in and lend an extra hand during peak times.